From an idea by Stefano Boeri, Bosconavigli is a threshold building between the city and nature that is proposed as a reference for the contemporary image of the city. Bosconavigli is a residential development project, the fulcrum of a profound renewal of the area that will connect the Tortona area with the Navigli, redevelop Via San Cristoforo and represent an important step in the reforestation of that urban context. It stands on an area to be redeveloped of over 8,000 square meters, adjacent to the ancient village of San Cristoforo overlooking the Naviglio Grande, and will be a building surrounded and enveloped by greenery, which will be integrated into the landscape, as if to blend with the surrounding environment.
“Bosconavigli adds to the tree-lined façades the presence of plants on all the roofs, transformed into green terraces. A new ecosystem with high biodiversity is being born along the Navigli, in the heart of the most authentic Milan.” Stefano Boeri
Bosconavigli is conceived as a unitary body, enclosed in a courtyard and developed through large stairways that will host private terraces and hanging gardens, from the city front to the north to the south, progressively descending towards San Cristoforo, preserving its visibility and beauty. The building fronts have a maximum height of 11 floors, sloping down to 3 floors. The facades, together with the roofs are characterized by a lush green that covers them completely. It will be a living and sustainable organism because the vegetative system is designed to filter the microparticles of fine dust and reduce pollution, while reducing energy consumption thanks to the thermal inertia of vegetation that provides protection from sunlight and absorption of CO2. The thousands of plants and shrubs that will cover the spaces will be a bastion of biodiversity and will change colors and profiles of the building as the seasons change. In the design great attention was paid to the best technological and construction solutions to ensure excellent environmental sustainability of the building: photovoltaics integrated with the architecture, rainwater harvesting for self-sufficiency of irrigation of plant organisms, geothermal energy. The design of the loggias also improves the interpenetration between interior and exterior, improving the exchange of heat and natural light.